Few Liverpool supporters might not have initially embraced the news of James Milner’s acquisition from league rivals Manchester City.
However, in hindsight, it emerged as one of the most astute transfers in the history of the Merseyside club – a success that Jurgen Klopp’s team might replicate this January.
According to Fabrizio Romano, there are reports indicating that Kalvin Phillips, a player currently out of favour, is unequivocally set to depart from the Etihad-based team in January.
Is It the Right Moment for Liverpool to Capitalise on Yet Another Surprise Opportunity?
With contract set to conclude in 2028, it’s reasonable to anticipate that Pep Guardiola’s men would expect substantial compensation.
If we consider pursuing a move, our advantage lies in the player’s significantly limited playing time since joining Manchester.
What Benefits Do Liverpool Gain From the Deal?
Liverpool might be on the verge of acquiring a holding midfielder with exceptional possession skills, according to statistics from FBref.
The England international stands out with an impressive rating in the 98th and 99th percentiles for passes attempted and completed, showcasing a high level of comfort in possession.
While not as prolific in progressive play as Alexis Mac Allister, the 28-year-old remains competent, ranking in the 64th and 56th percentiles for progressive passes and carries, respectively.
Despite this, he appears to excel as a defensive player compared to the Argentine, which adds to the intrigue surrounding this potential transfer.
Given the player’s remarkable stats and the apparent defensive superiority over Mac Allister, the prospect of this signing might be quite tempting for Liverpool.
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